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Hillary Hughes is a business, food & beverage and CPG, sports & entertainment, fashion & apparel and technology attorney. She represents sports & entertainment talent, entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and established brands as well as angel, venture capital and private equity investors. Hillary serves as the Chair of the firm’s Sports, Arts & Entertainment Group and co-leads its Food & Beverage Practice. She counsels clients on a full range of matters, from day-to-day operational concerns to sophisticated transactions. Like the innovative entrepreneurs, talent and brands Hillary advises, she strives to bring creative yet practical strategies to legal services, assisting clients with brand and asset protection, risk management and dispute resolution. The matters on which Hillary counsels are often cross-border in nature.

The clients of her business practice include entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and established brands as well as angel, venture capital and private equity investors. Hillary has a broad transactional background, advising her business clients with a variety of matters, including corporate structure, capital raising and financing, commercial matters, intellectual property matters, mergers and acquisitions and other exit transactions.

Hillary’s food & beverage and CPG practice focuses on clients in the natural, organic, plant-based, vegan and food tech as well as other CPG businesses and better-for-you space as well as investors in and vendors to these brands. She counsels these clients on operational concerns and sophisticated transactions including raising capital, intellectual property protection, manufacturing, co-packing, broker, distribution, supply and other services arrangements as well as on other commercial matters and exit transactions. With the increasing trend of brands and celebrities to partner, Hillary often finds her food & beverage and sports & entertainment practices intersecting and assists brands or their celebrity partners on investment and/or endorsement transactions. The Food & Beverage Practice produces a weekly publication focusing on the healthy food movement called the Emerging Food & Beverage Update. Click here to subscribe.

Hillary’s sports & entertainment clients include new and established athletes, recording artists, actors, television personalities, writers, producers, journalists, broadcasters, photographers, fashion designers, chefs and talent agents and managers. Her counsel to them spans a broad range of services on matters such as brand and intellectual property protection and licensing, services arrangements, rights acquisition and disposition, entrepreneurship and investment and post-career planning.

Hillary’s fashion & apparel practice provides a full suite of legal services to designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of fashion, jewelry, apparel, footwear and accessory products sold at all price points – from affordable goods to luxury offerings. She regularly advises fashion and apparel clients on launching, investing in, scaling, and protecting their valuable brands in a global marketplace. She provides boutique quality specialized industry knowledge and experience backed by the resources of a full-service mid-sized international law firm. She understands that effective representation involves leveraging a variety of areas of law to accomplish the objectives of the fashion and apparel brands she services.

Her experience also includes handling trial and appellate litigation. Hillary has successfully advocated before the Appellate Division of the State of New York. She has participated in numerous alternative dispute resolution forums involving commercial and tort matters. In addition, Hillary serves as an arbitrator in the Small Claims Part of the Civil Court for the City of New York.

When not serving her clients, Hillary dedicates time to pro bono service to both non-profit organizations and individuals unable to afford legal services and serves as a volunteer to a variety of public charities. Hillary’s involvement in the legal community includes membership in local bar associations such as the New York County Lawyers’ Association, where she served as chair of its Corporation Law Committee for seven years. She is also a member of the Sports, Entertainment and International Law and Practice Sections of the American, New York State, and New York Women's Bar Associations. Hillary is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and the Jewish Lawyers Guild.

What clients say about Hillary:

“I was impressed with her ability to grasp the concepts and complexities of our vision. She offered sound legal judgment and showed her business acumen to plan a course of action. It was easy to see she would be tough-minded and direct in business situations and discussions...but also incredibly understanding and compassionate. She has demonstrated outstanding strategic planning advice geared towards the success of major projects and events. She is always thinking "big" picture in our business efforts, but detail analysis is never overlooked. She possesses unquestionable accountability and commitment to objectives.”

“Successful negotiations are about attitude, aptitude, strategy, and execution, and Hillary excels on all counts. She is a pleasure to work with - tough-minded but with a sense of humor even in the heat of battle. Even when not in negotiations, Hillary is always "on the case" and her follow-up skills are remarkable.

“I always feel confident that she has my best interests in mind. Hillary always responds to my communication promptly, even occasionally on the weekend when the need has arisen. I’ve always been confident that she will guide me towards the best decision for each situation.”

“It is a pleasure to work with Hillary. She is very thorough, honest, knowledgeable and always makes enough time to work with me on various issues regardless of how big or small they are.”

Professional Activities

  • Member, Plant Based Foods Association, 2018-present
  • Judge of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s 35th College Television Awards, February 2014
  • Member, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2012-present
  • Member, The Recording Academy, 2012-present
  • Arbitrator, Civil Court of the City of New York, Small Claims Part, 2009-present
  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association; Chair, Corporation Law Committee, 2000-2007
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, 1999-present
  • Member, Jewish Lawyers Guild, 1999-present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1997-present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 1997-present

Community Activities

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Park Slope Schoolhouse Child Care Center, Inc., 2012-present; Vice Chair, 2009-2012
  • Member, Board of Directors, SKIP (Sick Kids Need Involved People) of New York, Inc., 2011-2016; Member, Junior Advisory Board, 2007-2011

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Past Appearances



  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1998


Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D., 1997

Emory University, B.A., 1993

Honors | Recognitions

  • Chair, Sports, Arts & Entertainment Practice Group, Garvey Schubert Barer, 2012 - present
  • Co-Chair, Food & Beverage Practice Group, Garvey Schubert Barer, 2016-present
  • Co-Chair, Emerging Companies Practice Group, Garvey Schubert Barer, 2011-present
  • Named to Super Lawyers New York Women's Edition, published in The New York Times supplement, 2018; 2019 
  • Recipient of the Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Named in Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, 2011 - 2016
  • Listed as a New York Metro "Super Lawyer," 2013-2019
    • Listed as a New York Metro Women's Edition "Super Lawyer," 2019
  • Listed as "Top Women Lawyer" in New York City by Avenue Magazine, 2011; 2012; 2015 
  • Listed as Legal Leaders “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers” by New York magazine, 2012
  • Listed as "Top Attorney" in Entertainment & Sports Law in The American Registry's 2013 Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area
  • Named in "Top Women Attorneys" in Metro New York by The New York Times Magazine, May 2014
  • Named by Chambers USA as one of New York's Up and Coming Lawyers for Media, Entertainment: Film & Television, 2014
  • Named by Chambers USA as one of New York's Ranked Lawyers for Media, Entertainment: Film & Television, 2015-2019

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